Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? After years of abuse, Silla escapes her home with her four-year-old sister on her hip, running from a nightmare only to arrive in another. They take refuge with their estranged Aunt Cathy in her manor at the center of Python Wood; she becomes fiercely protective of them, claiming they are only safe if they stay out of the woods. But what can they do when the woods come closer?
Kurtagich’s method of narration and style of writing give the reader a sense of unease, drawing them deeper into the madness of La Baume and making this a story that creeps up on you. Silla’s struggle and story combine to create a compelling read that you either need to put down before sunset or continue reading through the night for fear of things that lurk in the shadows. An overall intriguing read that many will seek for the thrills and twists.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The book shifts from the “horror” genre into “mystery” after the first two-thirds of the story, which is not an issue by itself, but much of the suspense begins to fall away as we explore the deeper meaning behind the curse.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for readers who enjoy horror (such as “Cuckoo’s Song” by Hardinge) or mystery (“We Were Liars” by Lockhart). Young adults who are particularly seeking a story with a unique format or style will also enjoy the way this author plays with her text.
Who should buy this book? High school/YA library collections (public and school)
Where would you shelve it ? YA/Paranormal
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you enjoy horror stories, you will love this! If you’re easily spooked, remember to read this only during the day or maybe bypass it altogether.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: February 18, 2017